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Oklahoma State hands No. 19 Florida State 1st loss, 71-70

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) A grinning Mitchell Solomon collapsed on his back under the Florida State basket, looking up toward his celebrating Oklahoma State teammates and the scoreboard above them.

Cowboys 71, Seminoles 70.

Solomon scored on a tip-in with 6 seconds left and then happily fell to the floor at the other end of the court when he took a game-clinching charge, and Oklahoma State knocked No. 19 Florida State from the unbeaten ranks Saturday in the Orange Bowl Classic.

Florida State went ahead on Terance Mann's follow with 10 seconds remaining, but Oklahoma State needed only four seconds to go the length of the court to score for the 14th and final lead change.

Following a timeout, the Seminoles' CJ Walker drove into the lane but collided with Solomon and was called for the foul, sealing the Cowboys' win.

''I just try to pride myself on playing that way all the time,'' Solomon said.

Florida State (9-1) missed a chance to match the best start to a season in school history. Oklahoma State (8-2) ended a streak of seven consecutive losses against ranked teams since February.

''To come out and compete for 40 full minutes - we hadn't done that yet this year,'' Cowboys coach Mike Boynton said. ''We beat a really good team today. Florida State is going to win a lot of games in the ACC.''

The Seminoles' loss left only four unbeaten teams in Division I: Villanova, Arizona State, Miami and TCU.

''We're in a conference where you can't get caught up in streaks, because nobody in the ACC is going to go undefeated,'' coach Leonard Hamilton said. ''It doesn't happen. Tonight we played against a team that played a little better than us.''

Florida State squandered a seven-point lead in the final 8 minutes but still had a chance to go ahead in the final seconds. Oklahoma State forward Jeffrey Carroll said the final sequence starring Solomon at both ends of the court had a cinematic tinge.

''It almost felt like slow motion,'' Carroll said, ''like a movie almost.''

Boynton said he expected the Seminoles to drive to the lane on their final possession.

''We were just fortunate that Mitch knew the right play,'' Boynton said. ''He came over and gave up his body, sacrificed for his teammates and got our team a win.''

Solomon had 12 points and 11 rebounds. Carroll, a senior, made his first start of the season and scored 23 points to surpass 1,000 for his career, and was voted the game's outstanding player

Senior Phil Cofer scored a career-high 22 points for Florida State. Mann, a junior, had 20 points and a career-high 14 rebounds.

The Seminoles committed a season-high 22 turnovers against a variety of Oklahoma State defenses.

''They were extremely prepared,'' Hamilton said. ''They mixed the defenses up.''

BIG PICTURE

Eight players had two or more turnovers for Florida State. Oklahoma State has forced at least 19 turnovers in each of the past four games.

The Seminoles shot 41 percent and were held well below their scoring average of 87.1 points per game. They were outscored 37-32 in the second half - the first time they've been outscored in a half this season.

Florida State also missed three of six free throws in the final 3:20.

BIG HOLE

The Seminoles fell behind 9-4 for their biggest deficit of the season.

NEWCOMER

St. John's transfer Yankuba Sima made his Cowboys debut and had five points in 16 minutes.

INJURY REPORT

Seminoles center Christ Koumadje (foot) dressed but missed his seventh game in a row.

STAYING LOOSE

Solomon stood at the end of the bench when he was not in the game.

''I just stand up so my knees don't get tight and stiffen up,'' the senior said.

Said Carroll to Solomon: ''You're getting old.''

UP NEXT

Oklahoma State hosts Tulsa on Tuesday.

Florida State hosts Charleston Southern on Monday.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Turnover on CJ Walker 1.0
  Offensive foul on CJ Walker 1.0
+ 2 Mitchell Solomon made tip-in 0.0
  Offensive rebound by Mitchell Solomon 0.0
  Kendall Smith missed jump shot 0.0
+ 2 Terance Mann made layup 0.0
  Offensive rebound by Terance Mann 11.0
  Phil Cofer missed layup 13.0
  Defensive rebound by Mfiondu Kabengele 27.0
  Kendall Smith missed layup, blocked by Mfiondu Kabengele 29.0
  Defensive rebound by Jeffrey Carroll 56.0
Team Stats
Points 71 70
Field Goals 27-70 (38.6%) 24-58 (41.4%)
3-Pointers 9-28 (32.1%) 6-15 (40.0%)
Free Throws 8-10 (80.0%) 16-24 (66.7%)
Total Rebounds 37 41
Offensive 12 15
Defensive 21 24
Team 4 2
Assists 17 12
Steals 10 10
Blocks 3 7
Turnovers 16 22
Fouls 20 15
Technicals 0 0
23 PTS, 7 REB, 3 AST
22 PTS, 4 REB
12T
away team logo Oklahoma State 8-2 343771
home team logo 19 Florida State 9-1 383270
Team Stats
away team logo Oklahoma State 8-2 68.1 PPG 37.5 RPG 13.2 APG
home team logo 19 Florida State 9-1 74.9 PPG 40.3 RPG 12.8 APG
Key Players
00
J. Carroll G/F PPG RPG APG FG%
0
P. Cofer F 7.4 PPG 3.5 RPG 0.8 APG 39.1 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Carroll G/F 23 PTS 7 REB 3 AST
P. Cofer F 22 PTS 4 REB 0 AST
38.6 FG% 41.4
32.1 3PT FG% 40.0
80.0 FT% 66.7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Carroll 23 7 3 7/19 4/7 5/6 2 36 1 0 3 1 6
T. Shine 12 0 0 5/6 2/2 0/0 4 21 2 0 3 0 0
M. Solomon 12 11 3 5/9 0/2 2/2 3 31 2 3 2 7 4
L. Waters III 10 3 2 4/11 2/6 0/0 4 34 2 0 1 2 1
K. Smith 7 5 6 3/14 1/5 0/0 1 30 2 0 3 1 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Carroll 23 7 3 7/19 4/7 5/6 2 36 1 0 3 1 6
T. Shine 12 0 0 5/6 2/2 0/0 4 21 2 0 3 0 0
M. Solomon 12 11 3 5/9 0/2 2/2 3 31 2 3 2 7 4
L. Waters III 10 3 2 4/11 2/6 0/0 4 34 2 0 1 2 1
K. Smith 7 5 6 3/14 1/5 0/0 1 30 2 0 3 1 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Y. Sima 5 3 0 2/4 0/1 1/2 3 16 1 0 0 1 2
C. McGriff 2 0 1 1/2 0/1 0/0 2 11 0 0 1 0 0
B. Averette 0 0 2 0/3 0/2 0/0 0 14 0 0 1 0 0
T. Dziagwa 0 4 0 0/2 0/2 0/0 1 7 0 0 2 0 4
D. Dillard - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. N'Guessan - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Reeves - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Dawson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 71 33 17 27/70 9/28 8/10 20 200 10 3 16 12 21
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
P. Cofer 22 4 0 7/15 5/7 3/4 1 35 3 0 2 1 3
T. Mann 20 14 2 9/15 0/0 2/2 1 37 2 0 3 6 8
B. Angola 6 4 3 1/6 0/3 4/6 4 19 2 0 3 2 2
C. Walker 3 2 1 1/8 1/2 0/0 2 24 0 0 3 1 1
I. Obiagu 1 5 0 0/0 0/0 1/2 1 17 0 2 2 2 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
P. Cofer 22 4 0 7/15 5/7 3/4 1 35 3 0 2 1 3
T. Mann 20 14 2 9/15 0/0 2/2 1 37 2 0 3 6 8
B. Angola 6 4 3 1/6 0/3 4/6 4 19 2 0 3 2 2
C. Walker 3 2 1 1/8 1/2 0/0 2 24 0 0 3 1 1
I. Obiagu 1 5 0 0/0 0/0 1/2 1 17 0 2 2 2 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Kabengele 12 4 0 4/8 0/1 4/4 4 19 0 3 4 2 2
T. Forrest 4 3 6 2/3 0/0 0/4 1 31 1 1 3 1 2
M. Walker 2 3 0 0/3 0/2 2/2 1 17 2 1 2 0 3
P. Savoy 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
B. Allen - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Koumadje - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Light - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Miles - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Gray - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Lindner - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Polite - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Prieto - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Wilkes - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 70 39 12 24/58 6/15 16/24 15 200 10 7 22 15 24